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Batch One - 202 bottles only. SOLD OUT!
Batch Two - 195 bottles only. SOLD OUT!
Batch Three - 204 bottles only. SOLD OUT!
Batch Four - 210 bottles only. SOLD OUT!
Batch Five - 211 bottles only - SOLD OUT!
Batch Six - 212 bottles only - SOLD OUT!
Batch Seven - 214 bottles only - SOLD OUT!
Batch Eight - 213 bottles - 30% Sold
All bottles are individually labelled and numbered by hand.
About The Creator
I'm Justin Birch of Wadhurst, East Sussex and I've spent a highly enjoyable decade obsessively trying to create the perfect gin. It was worth the wait.
Birch Gin is made using my recipe. This contemporary, forward looking gin with bold flavours, superb mouthfeel and a delicious aftertaste is designed to be drunk neat, on ice, with water, with tonic, simply anyway you like it! It's a gin without borders or rules. All the rules, time and effort went into the making of the gin, so the drinking should be hassle free.
The Story of Birch Gin
In 2010 I travelled from my then home in Singapore where my choice of Gin was two mass manufactured gins and landed straight into the UK craft gin explosion. To say this was inspiration, is an understatement…
Over the next ten years I did a lot of research, read a lot of recipes (starting from 1495), and began making my own gin. I bored my wife Dawn by trying almost every botanical and herb, looking for that perfect blend. A big fan of fusion cooking, I wanted a refreshing journey through British herbs, Mediterranean citrus and spice from the Far East. My goal was to make a gin that appealed to me, but also to Dawn, who didn’t like the bitterness of London Dry gins.
Never one to cut corners, I tried every gin-making method before settling firmly on the one-shot method, distilling the exact number of botanicals in one go and never adding concentrate or compounding afterwards. Only 2-3% of the world’s gin is made using this truly special method. Uniquely, one of the ingredients in Birch Gin is birch syrup, rare and expensive with a dark, caramel yet spicy flavour. Sap is tapped from Birch trees in March and is prized for its health benefits. 100 litres of evaporated sap creates 1 litre of birch syrup.
We moved back to the UK in 2014 and by 2020, some ten years after starting, I finally achieved both the flavours and taste journey I was seeking. Soon all of our friends were asking for a bottle or two, or more... This huge demand was difficult to keep up with. Sourcing a suitable still led to some fascinating conversations with micro distillers. One of those conversations was with Andrew Parsons, Gold winner for the World’s Best Contemporary Gin at the World Gin Awards. A bond was formed and some outstanding gin was made in a traditional alembic copper still. Dawn was also rather pleased as it meant I wouldn’t be blowing our house up.
Thanks for reading this, I welcome you to take a refreshing stroll through the citrus groves of Soller, Mallorca followed by meandering through a British herb garden, rounded off with delicate, lingering Asian spices.
Try it out for yourself and let me know what you think.
Review by The Gin Den
Birch Gin arrived at The Gin Den this week in amongst the rain storms and right at the point the sun shone, so it was straight outside for a quick shot of this stunning branding.
This is a new gin found by chance on Instagram Squares, (and shows one of the many positive sides of social media in providing exposure to brands, that results in a purchase and further support).
I would encourage you to read the full journey that the creation of this gin has taken at @birchgin, it’s fascinating and in summary is as result of the passion and dedication of the creator Justin Birch, taking Ten years to perfect, then coupled with the experience of distiller Andrew Parsons of Bucknell Distillery to create a partnership that resulted in a gin that is truly something exceptional.
It’s distilled using the one-shot method, an approach taken by only around 3% of the World’s gins, in essence with the exact method of botanicals distilled in one ‘shot’
Its botanicals include Birch Syrup, Juniper, Coriander, Rosemary, Orris Root, Lemongrass, Orange, Lime, Grapefruit, Cardamom, Ginger and Cinnamon and an ingredient only known to Justin and Andrew. Birch syrup is a costly and rare ingredient with a dark, caramel yet spicy flavour. The sap can only be tapped in March each year with 100 litres needed to create 1 litre of birch syrup.
On the nose it feels like you are taking a journey around the world, with clean subtle hints of spice, citrus and herbs.
On the palate, tasted neat that journey continues with the warming spices, followed by the sweetness of the orange, lime and grapefruit and then ginger coming through, with some woody tones and then finally the caramel from the birch sap.
It’s rare that I come across a gin for all palates but this is most definitely one of those!
“... Distilled using the one-shot method, an approach taken by only around 3% of the World’s gins...”
Get in touch...
We'd really like to hear your thoughts about Birch Gin. You can contact Justin at:
m: +44 7947 684 684
Our offices are at 1 The Institute, Wadhurst, TN5 6AP